Saving Groups and Coop Businesses
Moving together, we can go far.
In Kinyarwanda we say, “Ntakinanira abishyize hamwe!” which means nothing is impossible for those who put their hands together. As the founders of Rungano-Ndota, we learned the power that has come from combining our strengths. So to help our youth change their livelihoods, we encourage them to join their efforts together as teams.
RNI youth put their hands together to build energy for their business.
Working together in saving groups and cooperatives,
RNI youth exercise leadership values while they uplift
their standards of living.
Because trust and teamwork are so important for our youth, RNI encourages them to join saving groups and practice collaboration.
When vulnerable youth want to start a cooperative,
they lack collateral that would allow them to access
startup capital. So RNI helps them develop strong
business plans and then provides a no-interest loan
so they can start!
To help youths cooperatives build and sustain their businesses, RNI staff connect with experienced external
coaches who advise us. They help us develop innovative ideas as we consistently coach the cooperatives .
Steps in the coops journey
RNI encourages youths
to join saving groups.
- Gloriose Mugirase RNI youth and member
of corn cooperative.
“Joining a cooperative is a big experience for my personal empowerment. In the cooperative,
I am becoming a strong woman.”
- Samuel Manishimwe, RNI youth
and member of cassava cooperative.
“Collaboration in a team with good leadership
makes us allies who achieve success. Good teamwork turned my struggling life to a better one!”
RNI Coops register as independent businesses with
the Rwandan Government’s Cooperative Agency.
But we keep guiding them to support their success.
"RUHANGO GOLD" HONEY
30 modern hives | 8 traditional hives
Average production 30 kilograms per month
Selling to neighbors, local shops and food stores